Sundown (Gordon Lightfoot song)

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"Sundown"
Sundown45.jpg
Single by Gordon Lightfoot
from the album Sundown
B-side "Too Late for Prayin'"
Released March 25, 1974
Format 7" 45 RPM
Genre Folk rock, country rock
Length 3:37
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s) Gordon Lightfoot
Producer(s) Lenny Waronker
Gordon Lightfoot singles chronology
"Can't Depend on Love"
(1973)
"Sundown"
(1974)
"Carefree Highway"
(1974)
"Can't Depend on Love"
(1973)
"Sundown"
(1974)
"Carefree Highway"
(1974)

"Sundown" is a song by Canadian folk artist Gordon Lightfoot, from the eponymous album, released as a single in March 1974.

"Sundown" reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and easy listening charts[1] and No. 13 on the Hot Country singles chart,[2] as well as No. 1 in Canada on RPM's national singles chart. It was Lightfoot's only single to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100.

Content[edit]

The song's lyrics seem to describe a troubled romantic relationship, with the narrator recounting an affair with a "hard-loving woman [who's] got me feeling mean".

There are rumours that "Sundown" was inspired by Lightfoot's then girlfriend, Cathy Smith, later more infamously known for her involvement in the 1982 drug-related death of actor John Belushi. Lightfoot has commented in interviews that Smith was "the one woman in my life who most hurt me".[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

Preceded by
"Band on the Run" by Paul McCartney & Wings
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
June 15, 1974 – June 29, 1974 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Billy Don't Be a Hero" by Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods
Preceded by
"Billy Don't Be a Hero" by Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 29, 1974 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Rock the Boat" by The Hues Corporation

Other versions[edit]

  • The musical project/collaboration of singer-songwriters Elwood covered the song in 2000. This version peaked (July 8, 2000) at #33 on Billboard's "Modern Rock Tracks' chart.[9]
  • American country music singer Deryl Dodd's version of the song peaked at #59 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1999. It was later included on his album, Pearl Snaps (2002).
  • American-Canadian country artist Jesse Winchester covered this on Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot (2003)
  • Country singer Toby Keith included a live cover version on the deluxe edition of his album Bullets in the Gun (2010).
  • Canadian rock musician Luke Doucet covered it on the album Steel City Trawler (2010).
  • French singing duo Marie-Ève Janvier and Jean-François Breau covered the song in French as "L'amour c'est comme l'été", on the compilation album Quand le country dit bonjour... (2012).
  • Ed Kuepper covered the song, including it on his greatest hits album

Personnel[edit]

Engineered by Lee Herschberg
Recorded at Eastern Sound Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Gordon Lightfoot: Vocal, 12-string guitar
  • John Stockfish: Bass
  • Red Shea: Lead electric guitar
  • Terry Clements: Lead acoustic guitar
  • Jim Gordon: Drums

In other media[edit]

  • "Sundown" is the ending song of The Blacklist season 1, episode 13: "The Cyprus Agency (No. 64)" (January 27, 2014).[10]
  • The song entered the Amazon UK chart at number 97 on 18 March 2014, after The Blacklist episode, "The Cypress Agency (No. 64)" was shown on UK television.[citation needed]
  • "Sundown" is featured after the opening credits of Supernatural Season 10, Episode 5 "Fan Fiction" (November 11, 2014).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 368. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 201. 
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ "Top 40". Top40.nl. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  5. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  6. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  7. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1974/Top 100 Songs of 1974". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  9. ^ "Elwood - Chart history". Billboard. 2000-07-08. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  10. ^ "Soundtrack". IMDb. 

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